Volcano, The Blast Coaster, or simply known as "Volcano", is a launched inverted roller coaster at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia. Designed by both Paramount Parks and Werner Stengel and built by Intamin, Volcano was the World's first inverted roller coaster to feature an LIM (linear induction motor) and is the only one of its kind that completes a full circuit. Since its opening on August 3, 1998, Volcano has been one of the more popular rides in the park.
Volcano's layout is based on a volcanic eruption. Upon boarding one of three trains at the base of the mountain, riders make a slow turn left out of the station. The train then moves into its first of two launch tracks, which accelerates the train to 70 miles per hour (110 km/h). After making a sweeping 200-degree turn behind the mountain, the train enters the second launch tunnel, followed by a vertical section ending in a "roll out" element.
The "roll out", similar to a sidewinder, is essentially a vertical section of track followed by a quarter loop to bring the train completely upside down, then a loose half-corkscrew. According to Roller Coaster DataBase, the roll out element is unique to Volcano.The highest point of the roll out is 155 feet (47 m) above ground level, making it the tallest inversion at Kings Dominion, taller than Dominator's 135-foot (41 m) vertical loop.
After the roll-out, the train makes a sweeping turn around the mountain followed by a heartline roll in midair.The train makes another turnaround and passes through a second heartline roll, which is embedded into the side of the mountain. After another turnaround and a third heartline roll, the train makes a turning, 80-foot (24 m) drop into the final brake run.
Volcano The Blast Coaster:
Type Steel - Inverted - Launched
Designer Werner Stengel and Paramount Parks
Lift/launch system LIM Launch
Height 155 ft (47 m)
Drop 80 ft (24 m)
Length 2,757 ft (840 m)
Speed 70 mph (110 km/h)
Max vertical angle 90°
Acceleration 0 to 70 mph
Trains 3 trains with 4 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 16 riders per train.